In my last installment, we saw that Jesus prayed to the Father, that He would make us one. That means that it must be by the Spirit. The church can never operate as one person in the natural; it’s a work that only can be performed in the spiritual realm. In His prayer, the Lord gives an indication of how this process works.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
If the unity of the church is just like the unity shared by the Father and the Son, then we must ask; how are the Father and the Son one? Simply put, they share the same Spirit.
It sounds to me as if this is one of the most important aspects of our walk with God. It’s our unity that speaks to the world and lets them know the truth about Christ.
I don’t believe that this is what the world sees in this generation. Right now many churches have no agreement or unity. Agreement is good; it means that we’re all being taught the truth. Our agreement lets the world hear the Good News with one voice.
Unity is better. It allows the church to operate as a unit. But the real place of power is a church that’s operating in both agreement and unity together. This means that we not only believe the same and speak the same, but also operate in one spirit. How is that accomplished?
Let me illustrate how this truth works. Picture yourself out in a field. The wind is gently blowing and you can see the grass swaying in the breeze. For the purpose of this illustration, the natural wind is the Holy Spirit.
Now I come into the picture. Compared to the wind, I’m a little electric fan. When I pray “in the Spirit,” I align my spirit with the Holy Spirit and start to blow my wind in the same direction as the natural wind. When I’m in the spirit, I’ve lined myself up with God’s Spirit.
Being in the spirit allows my spiritual wind to blow in the same direction as the Holy Spirit. If this scenario were happening in the natural – a fan in a field – would you be able to tell which part of the wind came from the fan and which came from the air? No, it would be impossible to differentiate the two.
In the same way, you can’t differentiate my spirit versus the Holy Spirit. The wind of the Holy Spirit completely envelops my wind, it’s all ONE. The Holy Spirit and I are in unity. This is what Paul wrote about to the Corinthian church.
But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:17
We’re now starting to see the whole picture. To be one with Him, I must unite myself with the Lord. It’s interesting to note here that the word, unite is the word, glue in the Greek. According to Paul, being one with the Lord in spirit is being glued to Him. This is the unity we share with the Lord.
In my next post, I’ll show how my unity with the Lord becomes unity in the church.
Question: Why is it important for us to be in unity with the Lord?
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